Biography

Louise Kemény, Soprano
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A graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Louise Kemény is a former Britten-Pears Young Artist, Independent Opera Fellow and Yeoman of the Worshipful Company of Musicians. She is the recipient of the Ian Smith of Stornoway Opera Prize, Basil A.Turner Prize, Joaninha Trust Prize and David Goldman Award.

Louise Kemény is a former ensemble member at Theater Bonn, where she performed roles such as Pamina/Die Zauberflöte, Gretel/Hänsel und Gretel, Sophie/Der Rosenkavalier, Susanna/Le nozze di Figaro, Romilda/Xerxes and Marzelline/Fidelio

Most recent opera engagements include house debuts at Opernhaus Zurich in a staged production of Monteverdi’s Vespers, conducted by Riccardo Minasi, at Opéra de Lille as Helena in a new production of Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Laurent Pelly and as Seleuce/Tolomeo at Handelfestspiele Karlsruhe, conducted by Federico Maria Sardelli.

In the season 2022/23, Louise Kemény will return to Theater Bonn in the title role of Handel’s Agrippina and to Opernhaus Zurich for a revival of Monteverdi’s Madrigals. She will also perform works by Monteverdi with La Nuova Musica and David Bates at Wigmore Hall in London and Bach’s Matthäus Passion with Het Residentie Orkest, conducted by Matthew Halls.

Past opera appearances include Tytania/A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Jano/Jenufa for Scottish Opera, Barbarina/Le nozze di Figaro for De Nationale Opera Amsterdam, Teofane/Ottone for English Touring Opera and Poppea/Agrippina for Iford Arts. Louise Kemény has also created lead roles in new operas – Woman/Unknown Position, Girl/Bonesong (Kate Whitley) and Wife/Nauset (Joel Rust) – to critical acclaim.

In concert, she has performed Mendelssohn’s Elijah, conducted by Christopher Moulds, and Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem, both with the Sinfonieorchester Basel, the soprano solos in Bach’s Weihnachtsoratorium with Concerto Köln and Peter Dijkstra, Bach’s Matthäus-Passion with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, directed by Mark Padmore, Rossini’s Stabat Mater at the Kasseler Musiktage, 1st Soprano in Mozart’s Mass in c minor at Snape Maltings, excerpts from Handel’s Messiah with the Noord Nederlands Orkest and Risto Joost, Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis at King’s College Chapel, Cambridge, Orff’s Carmina Burana at Cadogan Hall, Stravinsky’s Les noces with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, and a programme with Schoenberg’s 2nd Quartet, Pierrot Lunaire, Ravel’s Trois Poèmes de Mallarmé and Stravinsky’s 3 Japanese Lyrics at London’s Conway Hall.

As a recitalist Louise Kemény has been a guest at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, Wigmore Hall, MozartFest Würzburg, St John’s Smith Square in London, the Oxford Lieder Festival, Snape Maltings and, with Malcolm Martineau, at the Bath Festival. She is featured on an album of early songs by Samuel Barber, released by Resonus in May 2022.

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